SpaceX has confirmed that the company is targeting the launch of CRS-11 aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center, Florida on Thursday, June 1, at 5:55 p.m. EDT, the company said.
If needed, a backup instantaneous launch window is on Saturday, June 3, at 5:07 p.m. EDT.
In addition to the primary mission of delivering critical supplies and payloads to the International Space Station, SpaceX is attempting the secondary mission of landing the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket on land at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station´s Landing Zone 1.
SpaceX has landed a first stage booster at Landing Zone 1 four times prior to this mission. SpaceX has successfully recovered Falcon 9 first stages from six missions at sea using the company´s Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ships.
There is the possibility that residents of Brevard, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Volusia counties may hear one or more sonic booms during the landing attempt, although what residents´ experience will depend on weather conditions and other factors.
SpaceX designs, manufactures, and launches rockets and spacecraft. The company is advancing the boundaries of space technology through its Falcon launch vehicles and Dragon spacecraft. SpaceX is a private company owned by management and employees, with minority investments from Founders Fund, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Valor Equity Partners, Google and Fidelity. The company has more than 5,000 employees in California, Texas, Washington DC, Washington state, and Florida.